A remake of the first Mercedes-Benz CLS? This is what we tell ourselves when we examine the new Hyundai Ioniq 6 in profile, with 100% electric motorization. In particular for this pavilion designed in a single curve, another curve that connects the headlights with the taillights.
However, Simon Loasby, Hyundai’s director of style showing us his creation at Hyundai’s “Motorstudio” in Goyang, South Korea, reveals that his team has found its inspiration much further back in the past. He cites vehicles with very radical designs from the “Streamline” school, such as the Stout Scarar and the Phantom Corsair. Species of rolling crustaceans, created in the 1930s and inspired by the aerodynamic progress of aviation.
Because aerodynamics plays a decisive role in the development of this second piece that Hyundai adds to its Ionic electric chessboard. Technically, the 6 broadly reverts to the E-GMP modular platform of the 5, an SUV that looks like a big compact, plus it benefits from its 800-volt system paired with a 350-kW charger. Not forgetting the choice between two lithium-ion batteries, one 77.4 kWh, the other 53 kWh, the multi-link rear axle and the transmission either to the rear wheels or to all four. It is therefore the Cx of just 0.21, much lower than the 0.29 of the 5, which contributes to improving autonomy, announced at 614 km with the large battery, or 107 km more than for the equivalent 5. considerable!
A rival to cars like the Tesla Model 3, with an estimated entry price of around €50,000, the Hyundai Ioniq 6 isn’t necessarily the most visually appealing when you have it in front of you. We’d like to lower it and stretch it to find the Taycan-esque purity of the 2020 Prophecy concept that heralded it.
However, it should be noted that the overall architecture must have posed some problems for the designers: the cellular package, in the form of a skateboard, extends over the entire wheelbase (2.95 m, i.e. 5 cm less than that of the 5), which means that passengers sit relatively high up in the passenger compartment. To complicate matters, the overhangs are truncated and it must offer enough room both front and rear for tall adults. At 4.85m, the 6 is 22cm longer than the 5, but stands at 11cm tall, its 1.49m figure still puts it 6cm above a BMW 3 Series.
We tested the fancier Ioniq 6, which has the 77.4-kWh battery, all-wheel drive, and 20-inch wheels (18-inches are also available). It is capable of traveling 519 km between two connections, benefits from a power of 321 CV, slightly more than that of the Ioniq 5, and equivalent recharging times: 8 hours with an 11 kW charger, but 18 minutes to go from 10 to 80%. in a 350 kW ultra-fast terminal.
The atmosphere on board evokes that of a living room: the front seats provide great comfort while providing adequate lateral support, while those over 1.80m will appreciate the headroom. The floating center console, which contains storage, adds to the impression of space even if it doesn’t, but like its Ioniq 5 and Kia EV6 cousins, the 6 has very hollow door panels, freeing up plenty of knee room, an unusual but not unpleasant sensation.
Some plastics are still tough, but overall this cabin is modern, minimalist, and well-made. At the top of the dashboard are twin 12-inch screens that govern both touch and scan. The one on the right shows, in addition to the air vents, a row of buttons that imitate aluminum, surpassing the capacitive air conditioning keys embedded in a black lacquered plate.
Of course, at the rear we realize all the advantages of car packing, because we benefit from plenty of legroom as well as a perfectly flat floor. So that although the seats are not so comfortable, you feel very comfortable. For its part, the too narrow opening of the rear trunk makes it difficult to load large objects, but the volume is not lacking (the front trunk does not offer more space than a cup holder, but it should be more spacious on two wheels). drive versions).
My first loop plunges me into the nightmarish traffic of Seoul, where it’s clear that Hyundai has fine-tuned the electric powertrain, which is very natural and progressive in its reactions to the throttle. You can also configure it however you like by playing the Eco, Normal and Sport driving modes for more dynamism. We also have the option to adjust regenerative braking power via paddles on the steering wheel, but the basic settings are fine.
The same cannot be said for the optional digital mirrors which, while their cameras are more aerodynamic than traditional mirrors (increasing range by more than a kilometre), require screens to be installed at each end of the dashboard. They make rear vision less fluid, especially when you want to look over your shoulder. Suddenly I don’t feel at the top of my driving: bored in such aggressive traffic.
Outside of the jams, we appreciate the performances, muscular but not devastating. In any case, the times on the roads are very vigorous, and we feel that we will always have enough reserve under the right foot at any speed.
The Hyundai produces artificial sounds that are supposed to evoke an engine in action. This is not quite convincing, especially when stepping on the accelerator, where they do not seem at all in tune with events. Better cut them. Next, we note the excellent insulation of the car from road noise and the passage of air. The suspension, with long travel, is flexible, well helped by the hydraulic silent blocks of the lower arms and its variable damping, although there is a bit of trepidation that is too inappropriate due to poor coating.
On the mountain road that leads to the North Korean border, the 6 proves to be good company. The steering has good consistency, and even when chaining down the quick downforce changes, you feel a pleasingly low center of gravity and a chassis ready to pivot as long as you keep the front axle well on downforce and put the watts in correctly. . It is true that the Hyundai is not as fun as the Tesla Model 3, but it provides more sporty sensations than other models that use the E-GMP platform.
The Ioniq 6 will ship in 2023, physically but also in an “Ioniq citizenship” metaverse accompanied by specific NFTs designed more to build customer loyalty than generate revenue. Nearly a century after the aerodynamic quirks that inspired its latest creation, Hyundai is giving the genre a new modernity.
Price: from around €50,000
two electric motors
Power: 321 hp
Four-wheel drive transmission, single gear
Battery: lithium-ion, 77.4 kWh
Maximum speed: approx. 180km/h
Autonomy: 519 km
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